LSU off to a fast start in 2015

Attention has started turning to the Class of 2015, and LSU's already off to a fast start. Scout unveiled its most recent rankings for 2015 on Thursday, and the Tigers have four commits ranked four-stars or higher.

With the 2014 class finished, it's time to start looking ahead to the next batch of LSU recruits. The Tigers have already gotten off to a fast start in the Class of 2015, which includes four prospects ranked four-stars or higher.

Scout's initial team rankings for the 2015 class have not gone live yet, but the Tigers have a legitimate claim for one of the early top five spots.

Consensus five-star CB Kevin Toliver still headlines this group. The Tigers' first commit for the junior class ranks as the No. 7 overall prospect in the country, as of Scout's most recent update, which went live Thursday. Even though every school in the country continues to pursue him, Toliver remains as firm as ever in his commitment. Scout's Bob Redman spoke with Toliver's father last month about what's made the five-star prospect so solid to LSU.

Joining Toliver in the Top 100 are OG Maea Teuhema (No. 38) and RB Nicholas Brossette (No. 82).

Brossette ranks as the second overall prospect in the state of Louisiana and is the eighth RB nationally. The University Lab standout completed another stellar season in 2013, with more than 2,100 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns.

Teuhema's the most recent addition to the list. The former Texas commit flipped his pledge to LSU along with his brother Sione, who signed with the Tigers on Wednesday. Teuhema's a large individual at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, and ranks as the No. 2 guard in the country.

Baton Rouge Central's Kevin Henry is the third four-star in the group. He made his commitment late last month after picking up an offer a couple weeks prior. Henry's a physical DB that projects as a strong safety that can occupy a lot of space in the box. He's the No. 6 recruit in Louisiana.

Rounding out the commits are blocking TE Hanner Shipley and long snapper Blake Ferguson. Shipley ranks as the No. 14 TE in the country as a three-star prospect. Though at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, Scout's Greg Powers believes Shipley could grow into a four-star lineman. For now though, LSU likes him as a blocking tight end.

Ferguson ranks as the nation's No. 1 long snapper, according to long snapping guru Chris Rubio. Ferguson's the younger brother of current LSU long snapper Reid Ferguson.


At this point in the cycle, LSU has only reached out to a handful of in-state prospects with offers. Warren Easton WR Tyron Johnson headlines the group as the state's No. 1 prospect (No. 64 overall). Xavier Lewis, who decommitted from LSU earlier this week, is the seventh best prospect in the state (No. 19 CB, No. 166 overall).

In Louisiana, LSU has also offered four-star prospects No. 9 DT T.D. Moton (No. 3 state, No. 106 overall), No. 11 RB Derrius Guice (No. 4 state, No. 96 overall) and Notre Dame commit No. 14 OT Jerry Tillery (No. 5 state, No. 122 overall).

The Tigers have also offered a pair of in-state three-stars in St. Augustine's WR Stanley Morgan and RB Leonard Fournette, younger brother of Leonard Fournette.

LSU has cast a wide-net and kicked the tires with a lot of highly ranked prospects out of state. The coaches will continue to add and remove some of those targets as the upcoming evaluation period comes and goes. But here's a quick glimpse at some of the names in the Scout 300 that have picked up offers from the Tigers.

No. 2 OLB Malik Jefferson, No. 4 CB Kendall Sheffield, No. 6 CB Iman Marshall, No. 12 QB Torrance Gibson, No. 16 WR Demarkus Lodge, No. 19 DE Rasheem Green, No. 21 DE Byron Cowart, No. 23 WR George Campbell, No. 34 LB Jeffery Holland, No. 37 CB Tavarus McFadden, No. 66 OT Matthew Burrell, No. 70 CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, No. 75 S Jamal Peters, No. 77 OT Chuma Edoga, No. 91 OT Jake Fruhmorgen, No. 101 WR John Burt, No. 102 TE Devonaire Clarington, No. 111 WR Carlos Strickland, No. S 150 Jaquan Johnson, No. 161 LB Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, No. 217 CB Tim Irvin, No. 250 CB Maurice Smitherman.

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